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Global Warming: What’s Really Warming the Earth?


Dr. Joe Hanson explores the possible causes of global warming in this episode of It’s Okay To Be Smart.


References and Further Reading

July 2016 is hottest on record
NOAA’s State of the Climate July 2016
Bloomberg’s climate change data viz project
Solar activity and temperature show opposite trend
Milankovitch cycles (I left out eccentricity because it operates on scales so long that it doesn’t affect short-term climate change)
Connecting climate models with actual temperature changes
NASA Goddard’s Gavin Schmidt explains the history of the instrumental temperature record
Last time CO2 was this high, humans didn’t exist
Shifting baselines
Thomas Jefferson’s weather observations
Ben Franklin as meteorologist

It’s Okay To Be Smart is written and hosted by Joe Hanson, Ph.D.
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